René Umlaufs research focuses on conceptual and methodological implications of technological change. He is particularly interested in the question of what role tests and testing procedures - of different scale and scope and beyond medical testing - play for the production of multiple forms of evidence and how they shape both macro- and micro-levels of technological and infrastructural integration. In his work on health-, laboratory- and humanitarian-infrastructures he connects this line of inquiry to broader political, cultural as well as historical encounters between ‚old‘ and ‚new‘ modes of knowing and doing things.
- Sciences & Technology Studies
- Sociology of Testing & Pragmatist Sociology
- Global Health & Medical Anthropology
- Mobility, Digitization & Infrastructure Studies
- 07/2015 - 08/2019
Postdoctoral Researcher at Martin-Luther University Halle
- 02/2010 - 06/2015
PhD in Sociology: “Mediating technologies. Diagnostic spaces between standardization and adaptation in Uganda’s malaria control program“ Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth
- 04/2007 - 09/2008
Project Assitent, Development Policy Forum (InWEnt), Berlin
- 08/2002 - 03/2007
Magister degree (M.A.) in Sociology, Politics, Philosophy, University of Leipzig
After receiving his PhD in sociology from the University of Bayreuth in 2015 he worked as a post-doc at the Department of Anthropology at Martin-Luther University Halle (until 2019), where I also became part of the LOST research group. Since 2020 René joined the Department of Sociology at Leipzig University where he started a project on humanitarian drone infrastructures which is part of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 1199): “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”.